Pit bulls and rottweilers, along with several other breeds of dog, suffer needlessly from bad reputations given by an ignorant public. It doesn't help that the "news" media seems to be constantly reporting on "deadly pit bull attacks," that those reports use the word 'pit bull' based solely on "witness testimony," that the average person can't reliably identify a pit bull, that opportunistic politicians "quell fear" by proposing (and sometimes passing) ineffective measures to score points, and that idiot boys use that bad rap to assert how "bad ass" and "masculine" they are.
The legislation is especially disconcerting because these laws seek to remove dogs based on breed alone and not individual temperament. Temperament can't and shouldn't be judged based on sweeping generalizations. These proposals only hurt law-abiding citizens and good people-loving dogs. They do not remotely affect those that cause most of the problem (assholes who think breeding and conditioning aggressive dogs is cool).
Luckily, there are organizations (and one "journalist") determined to educate the public and help create a better world for these dogs.
A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) is one such organization. Their mission is to "[rehome] Rottweilers and pit bulls in Minnesota, raising breed awareness, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and advocating for the humane and equal treatment of all dogs without prejudice."
This is likely their mission because of lot of good dogs are needlessly euthanized. They are misunderstood and unwanted due the bullshit detailed above.
Each spring, Sarah Thorton of Lintu Art holds a benefit art show, Deviant Art: Dispelling Myths, which displays artwork from local and national artists. Proceeds go to support ARLP. The event just celebrated its fourth year.
I didn't know what kind of "art show" I was attending until walking into the gallery. In immediate view was this portrait of a pit bull by Jeramy Jensen that returning readers to this column will recognize as Coda. Surrounding this portrait were other various dog-themed art and registered therapy dogs.
Unfortunately, the painting did not sell to benefit ARLP but the event appears to have been successful in raising needed funds.
Please support the causes you believe in by writing about them and supporting organizations you believe are helping. Without the good people of the world to take a stand by getting involved, the world's injustices will never be solved. The new media makes this easy, anyone can get involved, let it be empowering.